What is a Pulpotomy?
Each tooth is made up of multiple layers. While the outer layers (enamel and dentin) are tough, the pulp inside is soft and very sensitive. When tooth decay or damage occurs on the outer layers of a tooth, it is also possible for the pulp inside to become infected. One of the most common treatments for this is a Pulpotomy.
In its most simplest terms, a Pulpotomy is a baby root canal treatment for children. This treatment is recommended from children diagnosed with Pulpitis. Pulpitis is the inflammation of the pulp due to bacterial infection secondary to tooth decay, or dental caries. Symptoms of this condition include a throbbing pain, abscesses and extreme sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures.
A few days prior to this treatment, your child will be prescribed with antibiotics. This is done to address the bacterial infection of the tooth. On the day, the dentist will start by applying topical anaesthetic to reduce any discomfort. The procedure itself involves removing infected or diseased pulp from the baby tooth.
It is always important to regularly check your children's teeth for early detection of problems. Experts recommend regular dental checkup and clean appointments every six months. During this time, the dentist will complete a comprehensive assessment of your child’s teeth and identify any issues that may need treatment, such as a Pulpotomy.
For more information, or to book in your child’s 6-monthly appointment, contact our clinic today. Early detection can make the world of difference!